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Cuba Gooding Jr. pleads guilty to forcible touching

Gooding admitted to kissing the woman, a waitress at the club, on her lips without consent. He also admitted to two other incidents of non-consensual contact in October 2018 and June 2019.

Under the terms of the plea deal, Gooding must continue alcohol and behavior modification treatment for six months and have no further arrests. After this time, he can plead again for harassment.

If he successfully follows the terms and pleads the lesser charge again, Gooding may face time served. If he fails to comply with the conditions, he faces up to a year in prison.

“Cuba Gooding Jr. today concluded a new plea that in six months his case will be cleared with a violation, which is not a felony, resulting in no criminal record,” the attorney said. de Gooding, Peter Toumbekis, in a statement. CN.

The delayed case against Gooding began in June 2019 when the actor was charged with forcible touching.
An additional charge was brought against him in October 2019.

He had previously pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Gooding’s attorneys at one point filed a motion to dismiss the case, but it was denied.

Gooding’s trial was due to start in April 2020 but was delayed due to lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In August 2020, Manhattan prosecutors said at least 30 women had brought charges of unwanted touching by the Oscar-winning actor.

Assistant District Attorney Coleen Balbert said in court Wednesday that Gooding has been in counseling since September 2019 to address the behavior he engaged in and to ensure he doesn’t reoffend.

Correction: A previous version of this story misinterpreted the terms of the plea deal.


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